Bacterial contamination of ram semen used for artificial insemination in indigenous ewes

  • E Ahmed Department of Microbiology and Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • MS Islam Department of Surgery and Obstetrics, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • MGS Alam Department of Surgery and Obstetrics, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • PK Jha Animal Breeding Division, Nepal Agricultural Research Council
  • S Ghosh Department of Surgery and Obstetrics, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • N Naher Department of Surgery and Obstetrics, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202
  • FY Bari Department of Surgery and Obstetrics, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202

Abstract

Ram semen was assessed for quality and presence of bacteria. Four ejaculates were collected from each of four rams twice a week using artificial vagina. The volume varied from 0.4 - 1.3 mL, colour from 2 - 4 (creamy to creamy-grey), mass activity from 3 - 5, sperm motility from 75 - 85%, viability from 80 - 95%, and concentration from, 2500 - 5000 × 106/mL. The mass activity of ram R6 was significantly (P<0.05) higher (5.0 ± 0.0) compared with ram R1 (4.4 ± 0.5), R2 (3.9 ± 0.0) and R5 (4.7 ± 0.5). The mean motility was 81.7 ± 4.0, viability 90.0 ± 4.0 and concentration 3519.0 ± 545.6 x 106/ml. E. coli and Staphylococcus spp. were found in all four rams’ fresh semen confirmed by culture, staining and biochemical tests. However, Bacillus spp. was found only in ram R5. When the semen samples were treated with antibiotics there was no growth of bacteria after three days of incubation. It is suggested antibiotics control the transmission of microorganisms through AI in ewes.

Bangl. vet. 2017. Vol. 34, No. 1, 20-26

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2018-10-28
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Ahmed, E., Islam, M., Alam, M., Jha, P., Ghosh, S., Naher, N., & Bari, F. (2018). Bacterial contamination of ram semen used for artificial insemination in indigenous ewes. Bangladesh Veterinarian, 34(1), 20-26. https://doi.org/10.3329/bvet.v34i1.38709
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